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Feb 12, 2019

Volunteer Docents for Historic Shaker Site

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is seeking volunteer docents to guide visitors around the historic Shaker site, educating them on the history of the Shakers, Mount Lebanon, the North Family, and the Shaker Museum. Docents will receive training and reading materials, and will be periodically evaluated to ensure that communications with visitors are factual and communicate the Shaker Museum’s mission and activities in an accurate manner. All docents will be trained to give tours exploring an in-depth history of the Shaker site. Interested docents may also receive special training to present a tour on women’s lives at Mount Lebanon.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend a one-week training session
  • Become familiar with tour material, including text and images
  • Commit to at least two tours per month between May and October
  • Communicate accurate and factual material about the Shakers and about the mission and activities of the Shaker Museum

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and ability to interact with people of all ages and from all backgrounds
  • An interest in or knowledge of American history, religious history, or American craft a plus
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • A background in education preferred
  • Respect for different viewpoints
  • The ability to walk and stand outdoors on uneven terrain for 60-90 minutes at a time

Hours and Benefits:

This is a volunteer position, but all participants will be given a year-long Simple Membership to the Museum, which includes a discount in the shop, discounts to events and programs, free admission to other museums in New York State through the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program, and more.

Please send resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to programs@shakerml.org.

The mission of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is to engage and inspire local, national, and global audiences by telling the story of the Shakers. In 2004, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon became owner and steward of the North Family site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, consisting of 10 remaining Shaker buildings on 90 acres, part of the Mount Lebanon Shaker Society National Historic Landmark. The Museum also maintains a campus in Old Chatham, New York, where the collections are stored and the administrative staff is housed.

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